Rain forces early fireworks as Cherry Blossom finale fizzles

Two steady downpours brought early fireworks to the Cherry Blossom Festival finale Sunday night at Wesleyan College.

A crowd had gathered on campus and got in about an hour's worth of music and fun with inflatable slides before the rain came.

Once skies cleared, Festival Chairman Lee Robinson announced Russian Soul from Ulyanovsk University would still perform and the fireworks would be at 8 p.m.

But as the group was still in their first number dark clouds were approaching and the fireworks started exploding in the sky above them at about 7 p.m. The musicians paused to watch the display with daylight dimming the normally brilliant explosions.

Paul and Alice Williams and their pink poodles were drenched in the first shower. When they sought refuge under a tent Lacie and Blossom shook off the rain sending droplets of water on those nearby.

Cherry Blossom Queen Ansley Burgamy used a scarf to shield her crown from the second storm as she and two of her princesses headed for shelter.

Robinson said he was just pleased the weather cooperated for the rest of the events during the 10-day festival including Saturday's street party and last weekend's Balloons and Tunes.